Getafe get mighty Bayern in draw
( uefa.com )- FC Bayern Munchen will face competition debutants Getafe CF in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals after the draw at UEFA HQ in Nyon threw up some intriguing ties.
The German giants will meet Getafe, Spain's sole hope of claiming a fourth UEFA Cup in five seasons, as they attempt to etch their name on the trophy for the second time following success in 1995/96. Bayern are one of three previous winners in contention, along with domestic rivals Bayer 04 Leverkusen, victors in 1987/88, and PSV Eindhoven. Leverkusen beat FC Barcelona in the last eight 20 years ago, and will have to overcome Russian champions FC Zenit St. Petersburg if they are to maintain their challenge.
Rangers FC survived a stern examination from another Bundesliga side, Werder Bremen, to reach the last eight and their reward is a quarter-final against Sporting Clube de Portugal, losing finalists against PFC CSKA Moskva in 2004/05. The fourth fixture brings together the two teams that required penalty shoot-outs in the last 16, ACF Fiorentina and PSV Eindhoven - winners in 1978. The ties will be played on 3 and 10 April.
Today's proceedings at the House of European Football featured a straight draw involving all eight clubs without seedings or country protection. As well as the quarter-finals, the draw was also made for the semi-finals, meaning sides know who they will meet over two legs on 24 April and 1 May should they progress. If Bayern and Leverkusen advance, they could meet in an all-German semi-final.
The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and 1964 European Footballer of the Year Denis Law, who is the final ambassador. The final will be held at the City of Manchester Stadium on Wednesday 14 May with kick-off at 20.45CET (19.45 local time ). Eleven thousand tickets are available for sale to fans worldwide via uefa.com until midnight CET on 16 March.